Fairbanks Ice Dogs and North American Hockey League (NAHL) defenseman Noah Wilson figured the opportunity to play hockey at Army West Point might come one day. He just didn’t anticipate the U.S. Military Academy would offer him an NCAA Division I scholarship so soon.
“I got a call after our last Robertson Cup game,” Wilson said during a phone interview. “Their head coach, Brian Riley, offered me a commitment and I was taken aback, I wasn’t really expecting that. I thought maybe an opportunity might be there for me, but when it came, I was really excited.”
Wilson, who manned the blue line for the Ice Dogs as a rookie last season, was familiar with Army’s program, which competes in the Atlantic Hockey Conference alongside nine other schools.
His older brother, Michael, starred for the Black Knights as a sophomore forward last season. He finished with 30 points — tied for the most on the team — with 18 goals and 12 assists, and helped Army finish 16-15-6 (12-10-6 ACH).